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Diagnostic Pathology in Gynecology and Obstetrics

Sumner Wood Jr., MD
JAMA. 1966;197(5):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03110050114040.
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This first edition is intended as a concise and practical review of the diagnostic value of pathology in gynecology and obstetrics. The author, a pathologist, emphasizes that the volume is prepared mainly for gynecologists and obstetricians, and that it should be employed in conjunction with standard textbooks of pathology, gynecology, obstetrics, and medicine.

In the first part of the text, concerned with morbid anatomy, the value of diagnostic cytology is well developed. A brief section on histopathology emphasizes routine biopsy procedures, and special techniques, such as colpomicroscopy and histochemistry, are cautiously mentioned. The chapter on "definitions" is superficial, incomplete, and unnecessary. Other sections discuss systematically disorders of the vulva, urethra, vagina, cervix, corpus uteri, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and placenta, as well as abortion. The chapters on ectopic pregnancy, embolism, toxemia of pregnancy, diseases of the kidneys, liver, and breast, and miscellaneous nonobstetric complications of pregnancy are brief and incomplete. For


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